While remote working is not a new concept, it has been put in the spotlight because of the global COVID-19 pandemic. And with the increasing number of people working remotely, the idea of bringing work to vacation is on the road to becoming the new normal. Hence, workation in the Philippines is also setting to be the newest trend. 

More and more workers are booking their one-way tickets somewhere that meets their definition of paradise. After all, if you have to work remotely, why not do it from the powdery white beaches?

Picture this: you’re sitting on the soft fine white sands, the sounds of waves and leaves of the trees form a perfect harmony, and you’re sipping a fresh coconut juice while you’re having a call with your team. Sounds tempting, doesn’t it?

To have a seamless workation that gives you the ability to blend business and pleasure, here are some tips to guide you.

Tips for a Successful Workation Philippines

  1. Go somewhere that is workation-friendly
  2. Pick the right type of accommodation
  3. Pack your essential work items
  4. Establish a workspace
  5. Set your goals
  6. Stick to a routine
  7. Stay professional

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1. Go somewhere that is workation-friendly

girl working on the beach Workation Philippines Tips

While there are thousands of beautiful destinations in the Philippines, the best workation destination is somewhere you can stay connected with work. Otherwise, your trip is bound to be a failure if you can’t work, right? 

So before you book your tickets, make sure that your destination has a stable internet connection, good cell reception, and anything else you may need to conduct your day-to-day work. 

Among the Philippine destinations that are on every workationer’s radar these days who want to experience a beach office are Siargao, Boracay, Bohol, and Zambales. 

Related article: Tired of Working from Home? These 8 Work from Beach Spots Will Make You Enjoy Your Job Even More!

2. Pick the right type of accommodation

Your choice of condominium, rental home, or beach hotels for long stays is a huge aspect in having a successful workation. Consider the environment of your accommodation and the amenities that will help you have an enjoyable and hassle-free stay so that you can concentrate on your work.

3. Pack your essential work items

Laptops, a reliable internet connection, chargers, and mobile phones are the must-haves when going on a workation. While these are essential items, it still helps to take a good look at your office and list all the items that you always use before packing. Doing so ensures that you will have everything you need for a productive workation. One pro tip, never forget your power bank! There are no power sockets on the beach unless you’re working in a cafe that would mean extra cash pulled out from your wallet. You don’t want that, right?

4. Establish a workspace

Having a defined workplace—whether it’s in the living room, the balcony, or the patio—makes it much easier to focus and get down to the task at hand. Since you’re planning a workation, no need to set up a beach themed office at home because you can already have your own office at the beach

The good thing about workation is that you can remotely work literally anywhere you want. So if you want a change of scenery other than the four corners of your rented hotel with monthly rates, go to a nearby cafe or set up your beach office under a palm tree, with fine white sand as your chair, and the sea as your view. 

5. Set your goals

Setting your goals not only helps you stay organized but also lets you know when the work can come to an end, and endless fun can begin. Make a list of your to-dos and set a specific time when you should start and finish it. Trust us, this is a guaranteed way of making your workation a lot easier!

6. Stick to a routine

So you have your daily goals. Now what? The next step to have a successful workation is establishing a routine. If you’re on a nice beach destination with the sand, sand, and sea is your everyday view, it might tempt you to think of taking breaks often and you might end up spending your day lazing around. 

Having a daily routine will help you in maintaining a healthy remote work schedule. Sure you are on a work + vacation mode but that doesn’t mean the other has to get more time from you. The secret to achieving a successful workation is balance! Set a time for leisure and business. Figure out what hours you’ll absolutely need to work and when you can take a break. 

If you aren’t getting enough rest, you will definitely find it difficult to focus on work. And if you can’t work, all you’ll be having is a vacation, which is totally fine, but since you’re on a workation, business deserves your attention, too.

7. Stay professional

Girl on a meeting Workation Philippines Tips

Even if you’ve told your colleagues or clients that you will be on a workation, don’t let your happy hours on the beach get in the way when it’s time to work. When your client or coworker has set up a meeting, go somewhere quiet where you can both understand each other. Even if you’re on workation, you are expected to respond to calls and emails in about the same way as you would while in the office.

Frequently Asked Questions About Workation Philippines

Q: How to plan a successful workation?
A: Here are some workation tips to help you plan a successful work and vacation balance:

  1. Go somewhere that is workation-friendly
  2. Pick the right type of accommodation
  3. Pack your essential work items
  4. Establish a workspace
  5. Set your goals
  6. Stick to a routine
  7. Stay professional

Q: Where are the best places to have a workation in the Philippines?
A: Whether you want to set up your own beach office or enjoy some peace and quiet while working, here are some of the best destinations perfect for workation:

  1. Siargao
  2. Boracay
  3. Bohol
  4. Zambales
  5. Cebu
  6. Palawan
  7. Manila
  8. La Union

Take remote working to the next level with the new trend: work from beach!

Working from home was the dream before the pandemic hit but it’s been more than two years already, and working from home makes us feel restless and stressed just as how working from the office felt before. 

Now, we’re at a point where we are aching for a change of scenery. We all have responsibilities to fulfill both at work and in our personal lives, but a really nice “workation” could help us stay sane in the midst of it all. Feel us? So we thought, why not go on a workation Philippines and live the dream of working from beach for a week or a month while still getting our nine-to-five jobs done? 

If you’re like us and are craving the sun, sand, and sea already, we’ve rounded up our top picks of best destinations in the Philippines perfect for beach working.

8 Most Beautiful Work from Beach Destinations in the Philippines

These places will definitely help you achieve the dream of working from home at the beach.

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8. Pagudpud

pagudpud ilocos norte work from beach

If you’re tired of working on the same corner and looking at the same view 24/7, you might find some respite in a change of scenery somewhere in Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte. Pagudpud is famous for its white-sand beaches and other beautiful natural wonders. That’s why even if it takes more than 10 hours to drive or commute by bus, people are still willing to travel there.

For sure, there will be something that will fit your budget as traveling in Ilocos Norte is fairly cheap.

Read also: Pagudpud Beach Guide: Best Places to Visit in this Northern Paradise

Book hotels to work from the beach in Pagudpud here.

7. Batangas 

masasa beach batangas work from beach

The work from beach trend makes us all excited but for some people, it’s difficult to travel long distances. So if you want to stay relatively close to the city, the beaches in Batangas have you covered (as always). There are a number of hotels and resorts in Batangas that allow you to work with a view thanks to their beachfront amenities or rooms facing the sea. There you can plan your month-long remote work beach all while being close to your hometown.

Suggested article: 16 Most Beautiful Batangas Beach Resorts Perfect for Unwinding

Book hotels to work from the beach in Batangas here.

6. Zambales

capones island zambales beaches near manila work from beach

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Another awesome destination perfect for workation Philippines is Zambales. The province offers interesting coastal towns named after saints and enticing islands near the West Philippine Sea. trust us, when you see Capones Island, Anawangin Cove, or Liwliwa Beach, you’d go crazy about thinking of extending your stay there. All the beaches in Zambales have their own unique identifiers but one thing they have in common is that they’re all serene. There are so many accommodations that offer hard-to-resist work from the beach promos. 

Must-read: 10 Best Beaches in Zambales Perfect for a Quick Beach Fix

5. Palawan

an island girl in el nido palawan work from beach in the philippines

When you’re given the chance to work remotely, your “office” can literally be anywhere—at home, at a coffee shop, or even at an island with crystal clear waters surrounded by towering rock formations. Does that ring a bell? Palawan, oh Palawan! 

There are so many reasons to visit this stunning destination and one of those should be working from home at the beach. Whether you want to be in El Nido or Coron, the province won’t disappoint you with magnificent views while you work anywhere. The question is which Zoom call background would you rather prefer: the beach or the limestones while kayaking? ‘Cause Palawan is literally the Zoom call beach background that came to life.

Read also: The Paradise on Earth: Glorious Palawan Tourist Spot That Will Make You Fall In-Love With Nature

Book hotels to work from the beach in Palawan here.

4. Bohol

alona beach panglao island bohol work from beach

If you’re looking for a palace that’s not always on the travelers’ radar, give Bohol a chance and you’ll find yourself the respite you need. One of the places remote workers would enjoy is Panglao. It makes a good location for work and play balance, having the fine white sand and oh-so-blue waters as your everyday view. Not bad, huh?

Suggested article: Bohol Itinerary: Best Places to Visit and Budget Guide All in One

Book hotels to work from the beach in Bohol here.

3. Cebu

Langub Beach Malapascua Island cebu beaches

Imagine waking up to the sound of waves crashing by the shore, air is whooshing as the leaves of the trees touch each other—these are just some of the many things that await you on Cebu beaches. Whether you’re a beach-lover who wants to enjoy a beach all to yourself or someone who loves to mingle through a beach party, Cebu beaches will not disappoint you.

Of all the beaches in the province, one that stands out is Bantayan Island. This place guarantees the ultimate island life, minus the crowd you often see in Boracay or Palawan. Plus, it’s very affordable to travel to Bantayan so if you’re living on a shoestring budget, this place is ideal for you. It is a paradise that will captivate you down to your bones! So just a warning, when the time comes that you’d have to leave, it’ll be too hard to say goodbye to this place as it will already hold a special place in your heart.

Book hotels to work from the beach in Cebu here.

2. Boracay 

a guy walking in boracay work from beach in the philippines

Does this place even need an introduction? After being hailed as one of the world’s best islands several times already, Boracay has proved its worth. But in case you don’t know yet (we doubt it), Boracay prides itself on its cerulean waters and shore with sand as fine as powder and white as pearls. 

There are so many hotels, resorts, and guesthouses that are facing the beach allowing you to work with a view! There you can just prop your laptop by the window (or the lounge area) with views of either the seaside or lush greens. 

Book hotels to work from the beach in Boracay here.

1. Siargao

sugba lagoon work from beach in the philippines

If we’re to work from the beach, our number one obvious choice is Siargao. Since the pandemic came, Siargao has been one of the most sought-after destinations for remote work beach and it’s easy to see why. This teardrop-shaped island may be small but it has everything you need to keep yourself sane in the midst of it all—calm roads, no traffic, a fun community, exciting activities, good food, affordable housing options, and of course, divine beaches. Oh, and a stable WiFi!

On weekdays, hustle for your daily job anywhere you want whether it’s on the beach or some quaint island coffee shops. Then on weekends, go on an island-hopping with your newfound friends, try surfing in Siargao for the first time, or stretch your legs by signing up for a yoga session by the beach.

Must-read: Siargao Travel Guide: What Every First-Timer Should Know Before Going to Siargao

Book hotels to work from the beach in Siargao here.

These days, working from beach is not only possible, but it’s also meaningful as they support local businesses that are suffering because of the COVID-19 pandemic. All we ask from you is to travel responsibly by following the health and safety protocols, and leave nothing but footprints.

Frequently Asked Questions About Work From Beach 

Q: What are the best places to work from the beach in the Philippines?
A: These places will definitely help you achieve the dream of working from home at the beach.

 

  1. Siargao
  2. Boracay 
  3. Cebu
  4. Bohol
  5. Palawan 
  6. Zambales
  7. Batangas
  8. Pagudpud

Q: Where can I work from home in Siargao?
A: Siargao has a lot of places perfect for work from beach setup. These include: 

  1. Baybayin Hub Siargao
  2. G Villas Siargao
  3. Kalipay Resort Siargao
  4. Dahun Villas
  5. Lubihan Siargao Villas

Q: Can I travel to Siargao now?
A: Yes, Siargao is now open for domestic tourists! Just prepare the necessary Siargao Travel Requirements including a Negative Result on RT-PCR Test or negative result on COVID 19 Saliva Test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival to the province. Or a negative result on RT-PCR Test or COVID 19 Saliva Test taken within 48 hours or 2 days from the date of release of the result are still required for those who have been partially or fully vaccinated of COVID 19 vaccines.

For more information about the latest Siargao travel guidelines, read this.

Q: Is Boracay open for tourists?
A: Yes, Boracay is open for tourists. The island is accepting domestic travelers. There are several Boracay travel requirements that tourists are required to submit.

For more information about the latest Boracay travel guidelines, read this.

Q: How much budget should I prepare if I want to work from the beach?
A: There are so many accommodations in the Philippines allowing working beach that are budget-friendly. On average, some hotels and resorts with beach working promos offer packages from a range of P15,000 to P30,000 per month. But if you want to DIY your remote work beach trip, you might find more budget-friendly rooms or dormitels that offer rooms for as low as P300 to P400 per day! Research on the best workation Philippines promos and a number of packages will pop out. 

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